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Stowers Institute's Baumann Lab identifies key step in maturation pathway of telomerase

... pathway of RNA 3' end (tail end) processing," said Jeremy Bunch, Research technician III and co-equal first author on the paper. "The 3' ends of many RNAs must ... mature 3' end of the telomerase RNA subunit," said Jessica Box, Research technician I and co-equal first author on the paper. "It was highly unexpected that ...

Possible drug target found for one of the most aggressive breast cancers

... human cancers and high Met expression often correlates with poor prognosis. "We found Met in the majority of breast cancers," said VARI Research technician Jack DeGroot, another of the study's authors. "But levels were highest in aggressive types, making Met a promising drug target that could help ...

New MRI technique could mean fewer breast biopsies in high-risk women

... to the chest receive an annual MRI screening in addition to their yearly mammogram. During a breast MRI, which lasts about a half hour, the technician injects a contrast agent into a vein in the patient's arm. Over time, the contrast agent flows throughout the body, including the breasts. Because ...

Energy-saving method checks refrigerant level in air conditioners

... of the unit because it has to work harder, causing parts to wear out faster," Braun said. "It's also very time consuming and costly to have a technician check the refrigerant and charge it up to specification. To accurately learn how much charge is in the system, you have to remove all of the ...

Flexible solar strips light up campus bus shelter

... started as a master's thesis for Wei Zhang, who subsequently worked as an engineer in the Department of Engineering Physics. Julia Zhu, a research technician in the department, and Jesika Briones, a master's of engineering entrepreneurship and innovation graduate, also helped develop the initiative. The ...

New tool isolates RNA within specific cells

... to become tagged with thiouracil (TU), allowing the "TU-tagged" RNA to be purified from untagged RNA. In Doe's lab, Miller, Cleary and research technician Kristin J. Robinson of the UO's institutes of Neuroscience and Molecular Biology manipulated Drosophila so that they would only express UPRT in ...

K-State researchers work with university in Ghana to create biofuels from native tree seeds

... Funded by K-State's African Studies Center, K-State biologists analyzed the oil content of four common tree species in Ghana. Ariel Burns, research technician in K-State's Division of Biology, was joined by Richard Jeannotte, research associate in biology, and Ruth Welti, professor of biology. They found ...

Weizmann Institute scientists show extra copies of a gene carry extra risk

... than a computer backup disk, but scientists have been finding that some repeats can cause disease. Research associate Dr. Tamar Sapir and lab technician Talia Levy, working in Reiner's lab, developed a mouse model in which additional LIS1 protein was produced in the brain. The scientists found that ...

Rice University study finds possible clues to epilepsy, autism

... an enzyme that, Howlett found, regulates the activity of neurons. Howlett and his colleagues, graduate student Curtis Chun-Jen Lin, research technician William Lavery and Michael Stern, a professor of biochemistry and cell biology, discovered that negative feedback mediated by PI3K regulates the ...

Penn scientists discover cells reorganize shape to fit the situation

... new cell membrane to extend in the intended direction generally, further along the long axis of the cell. Essentially, what Tran's team, led by technician Courtney Terenna, found was that if normal yeast cells are forced to bend, their microtubules can no longer reach the old tip of the cell and so form ...

Making flies sick reveals new role for growth factors in immunity

... of Life Sciences Professor Roy Curtiss, director of the Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology at the Biodesign Institute at ASU, and his technician Bronwyn Gunn, Frandsen and Newfeld developed a novel experimental approach. Rather than curing their fly patients, they sought instead to make the ...

Entomological Society of America names 2008 award winners

... work was on management of cottonwood leaf beetle in plantation-grown poplars. From 2000󈝰, he worked for the USDA Forest Service as the lead technician on a large-scale tree production study, examining tree physiological characteristics, fine root dynamics, and insect population and damage in ...

Entomological Society of America names new Fellows for 2008

... crops. He is the author or co-author of 160 scientific publications and has made more than 75 paper presentations. He began his career as a technician at the European Corn Borer Laboratory (later named the Corn Insects Research Unit, Ankeny, Iowa). He became project leader of the Insect Pathology ...

Engineers create bone that blends into tendons

... School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Garcia and former graduate student Jennifer Phillips, along with research technician Kellie Burns and their collaborators Joseph Le Doux and Robert Guldberg, were not only able to create artificial bone that melds into softer tissues, ...

Standards in stem cell research

... in stem cell lines reflecting the way they are treated rather than an innate quality of the lines themselves. The skills of the laboratory technician also play a key role. But pinpointing all the factors that contribute to producing successful stem cell lines remains elusive. "Scientists often ...

Researchers coat titanium with polymer to improve integration of joint replacements

... with Georgia Tech School of Chemistry and Biochemistry professor David Collard, graduate students Tim Petrie and Jenny Raynor, and research technician Kellie Burns, Garca coated the titanium with a thin, dense polymer. "Our coating consists of a high density of polymer strands, akin to the ...

UTMB inventions win University of Texas System commercialization awards

... medical services, combat trauma care and disasters involving large numbers of casualties. The other UTMB TIF-award winner, a collaboration between technician Edward Kraft, instructor Stephen L. Hoskins and Dr. Perenlei Enkhbaatar (also members of UTMBs anesthesiology department), is a new technology meant ...

Portable device quickly detects early Alzheimer's

... Alzheimers typically are taken with a pen and paper or at a computer terminal and last about an hour and a half. They must be given by a trained technician in a quiet environment, because any distractions can influence the patients score and reduce the tests effectiveness. Because of their length and ...

MIT sorts cells with beams of light

... out after being added to the slide in a solution. Up to 10,000 cells could be sorted on a single slide. Looking through the microscope, either a technician or a computerized system can check each cell to determine whether it has fluorescence in the right area or at the right time to meet the selection ...

Small RNA plays parallel roles in bacterial metabolism

... said microbiology professor and principal investigator Carin Vanderpool. In trying to tease out how SgrS performs this task, Vanderpool and technician Caryn Wadler discovered that the molecule performs dual roles, both of which inhibit the transport of glucose into the cell. One region of the RNA ...

Scientists alter sexual orientation in worms

... it would be in people too. Humans have free will, so the picture is more complicated in people. White and Jorgensen conducted the study with technician Jeff Gritton and three University of Utah biology undergraduates: Thomas Nicholas, Long Truong and Eliott Davidson. The study was funded primarily by ...

Symposium marks 30th anniversary of discovery of third domain of life

... an expert on these methanogens, was a member of Woeses team, along with postdoctoral researcher George Fox, graduate student William Balch and lab technician Linda Magrum. Of all the numerous suggestions we had gotten for organisms to study, the one I solicited from my colleague, Ralph Wolfe, turned out ...

Safe water: simpler method for analyzing radium in water samples cuts testing time

... eight hours for radium-226 and radium-228, said Rosson. Our method does the two tests simultaneously and it takes about half an hour of actual technician time. Previously approved EPA methods for measuring radium required several isolation and purification steps involving sequential ...

Rapid, Low-Cost DNA Testing

... to further study and commercialize his technique. Professor Rothberg's method is part of a much larger process that analyzes DNA. First, a technician extracts the DNA from the blood, tissue, or food. This typically take up to an hour. Second, there is generally not enough DNA to analyze, so it must ...

Faster, more accurate tuberculosis test developed

... illness. MODS was developed for developing countries in developing countries. The study authors acknowledge that MODS testing requires a trained technician and a biosecure environment in which to perform the test. However, they note that the 10-day training period is comparable to testing currently done ...

Silver bullet: UGA researchers use laser, nanotechnology to rapidly detect viruses

... results are so promising that the researchers are currently working to create an online encyclopedia of Raman shift values. With that information, a technician could readily reference a Raman shift for a particular virus to identify an unknown virus. To make their finding commercially viable, they're ...

UGA scientists engineer root-knot nematode resistance

... to grow large galls, or knots, damaging the crop and reducing its yields. Working with assistant research scientist Guozhong Huang and research technician Rex Allen, Hussey discovered how to make plants resistant to root-knot nematode infection. Eric Davis at North Carolina State University and ...

Brain-computer link lets paralyzed patients convert thoughts into actions

... to move things with their minds is different with each patient," said Maryam Saleh, who worked with the first two patients as a Cyberkinetics technician and is now a doctoral student in Hatsopoulos's Chicago lab. The current BrainGate System is still in its infancy and is far from perfect. It is ...

New MRI technique quickly builds 3-D images of knees

... difference in resonant frequencies between fat and water. During the scan time, then, the technique maximizes each component of the image, so that a technician can view any aspect. High-resolution 3-D images are important not only from diagnostic and clinical standpoints, but also to help patients better ...

Spray-on skin relieves emotional trauma for child burn victims

... of Microskin on the emotional and behavioural functioning of 20 young patients with burn scarring. Department of Psychiatry Senior Research technician Sarah Swannell said 85 percent of all children reported their scars looked either "much better" (40 percent) or "better" (45 percent) with ...

'Shuttling' protein possibly key to resilience of cancer cells

... EMBO Journal, published by the European Molecular Biology Organization. The paper was written by postdoctoral research associate Han Liu, laboratory technician Xuehong Deng and graduate student Y. John Shyu, all in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology; Jian Jian Li, an associate ...

New test to detect rare proteins in blood

... John Eckman Professor of Medical Science, Hongtao Zhang, PhD research specialist; Xin Cheng, PhD, research investigator, and Mark Richter, a research technician in Greene's lab, report their findings in the advanced online publication of Nature Medicine. "The current ELISA tests can only detect proteins ...

Canine cancer vaccine program shows early promise

... promising results from work done in collaboration with cancer specialists from Arizona, California, and Michigan, the school has hired a full-time technician to produce the existing vaccine. The vaccine being used now has undergone a few modifications designed to increase its anti-cancer activity. "Not ...

Why Christmas trees are not extinct

... of California, Berkeley. She and Sperry conducted the study with other University of Utah biologists: Uwe Hacke, a research assistant professor; lab technician James Wheeler, who has since left for graduate school at Harvard University; and Elzard Sikkema, an undergraduate. The Plumbing System of Trees ...

Kenya halts first field trials of GM maize

... modified (GM) maize growing in open field trials. The government halted the research and ordered the destruction after discovering that a technician had sprayed a restricted pesticide on maize modified to resist attack by insects called stem borers. Wilson Songa, Kenya's agriculture secretary ...

MWG Biotech expands siMAX?siRNA portfolio with new scales, lengths and design tools

... role of the DHR4 gene with two University of Utah and Howard Hughes Medical Institute colleagues ?postdoctoral researcher Kirst King-Jones and lab technician Geanette Lam ?and with geneticist Jean-Philippe Charles of the University of Bourgogne in Dijon, France. From Egg to Larva, Pupa and Adult ?Except ...

Scientists find a maturity gene in fly

... role of the DHR4 gene with two University of Utah and Howard Hughes Medical Institute colleagues ?postdoctoral researcher Kirst King-Jones and lab technician Geanette Lam ?and with geneticist Jean-Philippe Charles of the University of Bourgogne in Dijon, France. From Egg to Larva, Pupa and Adult ?Except ...

Researchers find first evidence of venom system in extinct mammal

... the height of the crown to its tip," Fox explained. "When I first saw [the groove] I thought maybe it was a cavity," said Yong-Qin Sun, the lab technician who prepared the fossil, which is one of thousands that the U of A researchers have collected over the years from the banks of the Blindman River ...

Retrovirus struck ancestors of chimpanzees and gorillas millions of years ago, but did not affect ancestral humans

... leading to today's chimps and gorillas. The study's lead authors are Zhaoshi Jiang, a Ph.D. student in Eichler's lab at the UW, and Chris Yohn, a technician at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. ...
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